Current, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, 'The Meanest Man in Congress'
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SPOTTED: An abundant amount of smiles at an event honoring the "meanest man" in Congress.

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"The Meanest Man in Congress: Jack Brooks and the Making of an American Century," by journalists Brendan and Timothy McNulty, details the political career of the cigar-chomping congressman. Brooks, a former House Judiciary Committee chairman, served in Congress from 1953 to 1995. He died in 2012 at 89.

"Originally we thought about calling the biography 'S.O.B.,’" McNulty quipped during remarks at the reception. "A lot of private contractors and department heads would appear before Jack Brooks’

Government Operations Committee, often under intense questioning, and they’d mutter 'that S.O.B.,'" he continued. "Brooks, with a quick wink to his staff, would clarify that they really meant ‘Sweet Old Brooks.'"

Also among the revelers: Brooks’s son, Jeb Brooks, and former Rep. Henry WaxmanHenry Arnold WaxmanLessons from Congress' last big battle on climate Current, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, 'The Meanest Man in Congress' Finally, a presidential EMP order that may save American lives MORE (D-Calif.).